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Marshal, subst. 1) the chief officer of arms, who regulates combats in the lists and establishes rank and order at royal feasts and processions: “the --'s truncheon,” Meas. II, 2, 61. “lord m., command our officers at arms be ready to direct these home alarms,” R2 I, 1, 204. I, 3, 7. I, 3, 7 I, 3, 7 I, 3, 7 I, 3, 7 H4A IV, 4, 2. H4B I, 3, 4. II, 3, 42. III, 2, 348. IV, 1, 220. H8 IV, 1, 19 (earl m.).
2) in France, the highest military officer (apparently trisyll. in this sense): “the M. of France, Monsieur La Far,” Lr. IV, 3, 9. “Great m. to Henry the Sixth of all his wars within the realm of France,” H6A IV, 7, 70 (marshal as well as Henry trisyll.).
3) leader: “reason becomes the m. to my will,” Mids. II, 2, 120.
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